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Weaver Award Recipients Reflect Excellence, Exemplify Mission of University of Mobile

The University of Mobile presented its most prestigious student awards to Elizabeth Morgan Carnley of Enterprise, Ala., and Andrew Frederick Schmitt of Tallassee, Ala., during graduation ceremonies May 14.

The awards are presented to the most outstanding graduating female and male seniors for excellence in exemplifying the mission of the University of Mobile. Selection is made by a secret vote of the faculty based on scholarship, Christian character, leadership and service.

University of Mobile Board of Trustees Chairman Gabi Constantine announced the awards at the Mobile Civic Center as more than 340 students prepared to graduate from the Christian university.

The Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award was presented to Morgan Carnley who, while majoring in business administration with concentrations in finance and management, served as Student Government Association president.

“She has demonstrated leadership effectiveness as a member of the Students in Free Enterprise team which earned two trophies at the regional competition in Atlanta this spring, and through numerous other volunteer activities,” Constantine said.

“She has been a dedicated volunteer at the Light of the Village, a local faith-based Christian ministry. Her faculty members describe her as an innovative problem-solver and an outstanding communicator. Upon graduation, she will be joining the Light of the Village in full-time employment and will begin studying for the master of business administration.”

In addition, Carnley graduated summa cum laude, received the School of Business Achievement Award, and was an Honors Program graduate

The William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award was presented to Andrew Schmitt, “an outstanding student who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA, despite undergoing emergency open heart surgery last year,” Constantine said.

Schmitt, who has a double major in history and theology, has served as president of the university’s Ministerial Association and won the 2010 R. G. Lee Preaching Competition.

“He is described by faculty as a compassionate servant of Christ who desires to learn in order to help others learn,” Constantine said.

While a student, Schmitt has served as youth pastor at two area churches. His future plans include pursuing the master of divinity degree and the doctor of philosophy degree in church history at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Schmitt, whose wife Katie was among the university’s graduates, graduated summa cum laude and also received the President’s Scholastic Award.

For more information on the University of Mobile, visit the website at, or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222, or toll free at 1.800.WIN.RAMS.

Photos Courtesy Mobile Press-Register

Morgan Carnley reacts with joy upon receiving the
Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award from
University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley.

Andrew Schmitt received the William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award from Dr.
Mark Foley during University of Mobile's 45th commencement ceremony May 14.

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